For Navy, `Guard' duty is 82-46 win

Second straight win runs series advantage to 6-0

November 30, 1999|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

This one was the usual mismatch.

Navy's basketball team sputtered for about two minutes last night, then poured it on against the Coast Guard Academy, sailing to an 82-46 victory before 825 fans at Alumni Hall.

The win brought the Midshipmen's edge in the series to 6-0 and was their second straight victory this season after an 0-3 start. They now embark on a two-game trip to Northeastern and Harvard.

"The final score says it all," said Navy coach Don DeVoe. "We were bigger, stronger and quicker than our opponent and tried to take advantage of our size and skills. We were the better team, but we had to prove it. I think we did so."

Navy trailed 7-5 before reeling off 16 of the next 18 points to take control of the game behind center Sitapha Savane and forward Chris Williams. Coast Guard was never closer than eight the rest of the way.

"We knew we were going to get knocked around a little," said Bears coach Pete Barry. "But our kids think it's nice to come down and play the big guys."

The game marked the starting debut of forward Scott Long, the first freshman to start for Navy since Seth Schuknecht in 1995-96. Long, who had 14 points in Saturday's defeat of Air Force, had eight points, six rebounds and three assists.

Long accounted for the first two baskets of the second half to keep Coast Guard (1-1) on the defensive.

"I was thankful for the opportunity. It's been a long road back from last year," said Long, who struggled with a patellar tendon injury while at the Naval Academy Prep School last year. "I was able to stick through it."

"He's a big, strong guy who goes after it," DeVoe said. "He earned coming out to start the second half by getting three offensive rebounds in seven minutes of the first half. That shows me he wants the ball and, the more shots you get, the better your chance to win."

The Midshipmen built their advantage to 38 points (74-36) with just under six minutes remaining before DeVoe began clearing the bench. Fifteen played for Navy.

"We have to find out how the players are going to perform when they do have an advantage. The intensity dimension has to be there, and I saw that tonight," DeVoe said.

One potential trouble spot surfaced again as Navy made just nine of 25 shots from the free-throw line.

COAST GUARD -- Canady 2-7 2-4 6, B. McKinney 0-4 2-2 2, Hall 4-10 1-3 9, Cheung 1-10 4-5 2, Bosma 1-2 0-0 2, Perry 0-1 0-0 0, Murphy 4-10 0-0 10, Casey 0-1 0-0 0, MacCumbee 1-3 0-0 2, Eytcheson 1-2 2-2 4, Nowak 0-0 0-0 0, C. McKinney 2-12 0-0 4, Basse 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 16-65 11-16 46.

NAVY -- Long 3-4 2-2 8, Reeder 3-7 1-2 7, Savane 7-16 1-2 15, Skipworth 0-0 0-0 0, C. Williams 5-7 2-2 13, J. Williams 3-5 0-0 8, Murray 0-0 0-0 0, Windlan 0-0 0-2 0, Worthing 2-3 0-0 5, Jeanpierre 1-4 2-6 4, Lewis 4-5 0-0 9, Ebong 2-5 0-4 4, Toton 2-3 0-2 4, Cunningham 1-7 1-2 3, Nero 1-3 0-1 2. Totals 34-69 9-25 82.

Halftime--Navy 39-23. Three-point goals--Coast Guard 3-23 (Murphy 2-6, Cheung 1-6, C. McKinney 0-3, Canady 0-2, B. McKinney 0-2, MacCumbee 0-2, Perry 0-1, Basse 0-1), Navy 5-9 (J. Williams 2-3, C. Williams 1-1, Lewis 1-1, Worthing 1-2, Jeanpierre 0-1, Nero 0-1). Fouled out --C. McKinney. Rebounds-- Coast Guard 44 (Hall 9), Navy 54 (Reeder 9). Assists-- Coast Guard 12 (B. McKinney 4), Navy 28 (Worthing 6). Total fouls --Coast Guard 19, Navy 19. A--825.

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